German Shepherd Rescue of
Sacramento Valley



Become a Foster Caretaker!

Donations Needed!

How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV/Adoption Fees

What's New on the GSRSV Website?

Dogs Available for Adoption through GSRSV

Dogs Available for Adoption from Other Area Rescue Groups and Individuals

Dogs Available for Adoption through Owner Placement

How to Place a Dog through GSRSV

Lost and Found

GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook

In Memoriam 

Is a German Shepherd the Right Breed for You?

Other German Shepherd Rescue Web Sites & Resources

GSRSV's 2016 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2015 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2014 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2013 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2012 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2011 Rescue Record

GSRSV'S 2010 Rescue Record

GSRSV'S 2009 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2008 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2007 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2006 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2005 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2004 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2003 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2002 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2001 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2000 Rescue Record

German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley (GSRSV) is a tax-exempt (501-c-3) charitable organization dedicated to finding good homes for German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes whose caregivers can no longer keep them or which are confined in animal shelters. Established in 2001, GSRSV is operated primarily by one person, Brian Foran.

GSRSV houses most of its dogs at a 45-acre "rescue ranch" in Pleasant Grove, CA, which is also a sanctuary for "unadoptable" dogs as well as Brian's home. GSRSV has a small but steady network of foster caretakers who care for rescued dogs in their homes until they are adopted. Additionally, GSRSV routinely places dogs for their owners who need to rehome them but are able to continue to care for them until adoption.

If you are looking for a wider selection of purebred German Shepherds in Northern California, please visit the Websites of Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue (based in Novato), El Dorado County German Shepherd Rescue (based in Shingle Springs), German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California (based in Cupertino), Golden State German Shepherd Rescue (based in Alameda), Greater California German Shepherd Rescue (based in Modesto), and Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue (based in Walnut Creek).

How to find a dog to adopt from this Website: 

  1. Click on the four selections in large font in the menu to the left, starting with "Dogs Available for Adoption through GSRSV."
  2. If you're interested in adopting a dog available through GSRSV, read the page "How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV." That page describes my adoption process, and includes my adoption questionnaire and adoption contract. Please hold off on filling out the adoption questionnaire until after the next step!
  3. If you're interested in adopting a GSRSV dog, contact Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or to learn more about the dog. If the dog seems like a good match for you, I (Brian) will ask you to fill out and submit the GSRSV adoption questionnaire.
  4. If you're interested in adopting a dog from another rescue group, an owner, or a shelter, contact the person or shelter listed for that dog.

Note from GSRSV's Director (11-10-16):

I'm sorry to bombard the homepage of this Website with urgent appeals to adopt GSDs & GSD mixes in shelters facing euthanasia. I know it's no fun for those of you not in a position to adopt or foster these dogs to see such heart-wrenching posts. Nonetheless, everything must be done to try to save these dogs, and posting to this homepage ensures that most visitors will see the appeals.

The dogs facing euthanasia featured on this Website are not rare instances. They are only a sampling of the many, many GSDs (and of course, other dog breeds) facing euthanasia in California shelters every single day. To many, this is shocking. To those of us in the rescue field, it is a grim reality.

Rescuing dogs is not the answer--stopping indiscriminate breeding is. Please do all you can to encourage people NOT to buy puppies--even from those whose dogs "accidentally" had puppies-- and to spay/neuter their dogs.

If you are seeking to adopt a GSD, please consider adopting directly from a shelter. Please see the Facebook page (created by GSRSV's Cara Kinzel) profiling just GSDs and GSD mixes available for adoption at the Stanislaus County Shelter in Modesto--where there is hardly ever a shortage of adoptable GSDs.

Thinking of the Holidays? How About Giving the Gift of Life? Two Loveable, Adoptable GSDs Need Adoption or Rescue by Sat, 12-10

"Brixie" (left) and "Adita" (right) are two sweet female GSDs  available for adoption from the Stanislaus County Shelter. Both dogs have run out of time due to crowding at the shelter, and both dogs are slated to be euthanized on Sunday, 12-11-16 if they are not adopted or rescued by 5:00 PM Saturday, 12-10-16. GSRSV is unable to rescue these two dogs simply due to the the number of dogs already in our care--UNLESS we receive a SOLID offer to foster them.

Brixie is a 5-6 year old female GSD who is exceptionally friendly. She's a little nervous at first (the shelter is a scary place), but warms right up. GSRSV's Cara Kinzel worked with her both last week & this week, and as can be seen from the video here, this dog is all sweetness. She's been at the shelter since Nov 15.

Adita is an 8-yo spayed female GSD with a ton of energy for her age! (Click here to see her video.) Though Adita is probably about 15-20 lbs overweight, she easily negotiated the agility ramps in the play yard at the shelter. Adita was surrendered to the shelter by her owners due to a move out of state. She was reportedly an indoor dog and professionally trained--and it shows.

To inquire about adopting either of these two dogs, please call the Stanislaus County Shelter ASAP at 209-558-7387 and refer to their ID #s: Brixie's is A461267 and Adita's is A404565. Their adoption fees are $90 each. Since Adita is already spayed, she can go home with you the same day. You will need to wait until Brixie is spayed, but GSRSV can likely arrange for transportation close to your home.

If you're not seeking another dog but are SERIOUSLY willing to foster either of these two dogs for GSRSV, please contact Brian at either 916-655-3125 or

Beth Dovi & Capitan, Christmas 2007
through GSRSV 2005)

"Santa Paws" Photo Fundraiser
Sat, Dec 10, 12:00-4:00 PM

Land Bark Pet Supplies
3200 Riverside Bl
Sacramento, CA 95818

Get your dogs (GSDs or otherwise) in the holiday spirit at GSRSV's "Santa Paws" photo fundraising event this Saturday, Dec 10, noon-4:00 PM at Land Bark Pet Supplies, 3200 Riverside Bl in Land Park (Sacramento).

Our Santa is a big-time GSD person (multiple-time foster for Greater Calif GS Rescue), and our photographer--Krista Mitchell--is an independent small dog/cat rescuer who has fostered a couple of GSDs for GSRSV.

Photo prices are $15 for the first photo and $5 for each additional photo. Your photos will be available for downloading and we'll e-mail you the link to the photo "dropbox".

Any questions, please contact Cara Kinzel at

Tracking GSRSV's Adoptions

My most recent adoptions were Onyx to John Sandusky of Reno (left frame); Zaila to the Turner-Hinaman family of Folsom (center frame); and Reina (on left in picture above left) to Carrie & Troy Terry of Roseville (right frame).
So far in 2016, GSRSV has rescued forty-three dogs and placed thirty-nine dogs, including seven "Program Dogs" who I placed for their owners. See my 2016 Rescue/Adoption Record.
In 2015, GSRSV rescued twenty-four dogs and placed thirty-eight dogs, including thirteen "Program Dogs" that I placed for their owners. See my 2015 Rescue/Adoption Record.

Please Make a Donation!

GSRSV is a tax-exempt public charity, as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations to GSRSV are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  Since February 2001, Brian Foran has funded GSRSV primarily on his own. Brian runs a large rescue facility by himself (pictured below), and typically has more than 25 dogs to feed and care for! Many of these dogs are either too old for adoption or have been returned to GSRSV more than once--and thus are allowed to live their lives out at the rescue facility. Never has Brian returned a dog he has rescued to a shelter--NEVER! 

Donations have played--and continue to play--a huge part in keeping GSRSV afloat, as adoption fees are a drop-in-the-bucket compared with the costs of running a large rescue program. (See the actual numbers for 2007-2011 here.)

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to GSRSV today,

 either by clicking on the PayPal button below, 

or by mailing a check, made out to GSRSV, to: 

GSRSV, PO Box 652, Pleasant Grove, CA 95668.

You can add a message to GSRSV in the PayPal payment window. Just click "Add special instructions to the seller" and a text box will open.  

Any size donation is appreciated. Please help in any way you can!

You can contribute financially to GSRSV without spending an additional cent by shopping at AmazonSmile,'s charitable donation program. See below.

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German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley

Get Started

Don't just take your dog for a walk.....take your walk for a dog! Go to, download the app to your smartphone, and support GSRSV every time you walk your dog! The more miles you walk, the more WoofTrax donates to GSRSV!

Art with a Purpose!
Kritika Bala of Lone Tiger Art is a talented artist with a passion for animals and nature--and she truly shows it by donating 90% of the proceeds of her commissioned paintings to animal welfare and environmental organizations! (Yes, 90%--unheard of!)

GSRSV was the recipient of a donation in Dec 2015 by Kritika from the proceeds of her commissioned painting of a GSD puppy "Lexi" (see right).   

If you would like to immortalize your dog or cat in a beautiful (yet affordable) painting and help support GSRSV or another animal welfare organization, please visit the "Pet Project" of Kritika's Lone Tiger Art Website.


Is fostering a dog a sacrifice? NO! It is a pleasure! 

The rewards of knowing that you've saved the life of a sweet, beautiful German Shepherd dog (or any other breed), and made that dog feel loved, are MUCH greater than whatever inconvenience the dog may cause or the pain of letting him or her go to a new home. 

If you, the German Shepherd-loving community, will not extend a helping hand to the numerous German Shepherds housed in area shelters and facing euthanasia, WHO WILL?

PLEASE consider fostering a German Shepherd for GSRSV! See the page Save a German Shepherd's Life: Become a Foster Caretaker


Before You Consider Adopting a Dog from a Rescue Group (including GSRSV), Please Consider Adopting One from a Shelter! 

Though there are certain advantages to adopting a dog from a rescue group, those dogs are safe. Those in shelters are at high risk of euthanasia! If you don't already know, you'd be horrified to learn about the  number of beautiful German Shepherds that are euthanized every week in Northern California shelters. 

Think you can't find a purebred German Shepherd at a shelter? THINK AGAIN!!

I have found the best Website to search for a GSD in a shelter near you is This Website allows you to specify breed as well as to select the shelters from which you'd like to search for a GSD to adopt. You can also request to receive automatic e-mail notifications when the shelters that you specified have  GSDs available for adoption.

 Please Remember that Most Dogs with Rescue Groups Come from Shelters Themselves!


GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook!
Send me your favorite photo and/or story of the dog(s) you adopted from GSRSV, and I will post them on the GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook page. Mail pictures/stories to Brian Foran at 



Older Rescued Dogs Make Wonderful Companions!


Think that an older dog will not make a good family companion because it's too set in its ways?" Think again! Older dogs, more so than younger dogs, live to please their caretakers. Furthermore, hip dysplasia in older German Shepherds is much less of a problem than commonly believed, and general arthritis is readily treatable with coated aspirin (yes, ASPIRIN) and glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. For an excellent information resource on older dogs, see the Senior Dogs Project Website, and their "Top Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog." 

Testimonials of those who have adopted older dogs from GSRSV

Bob Warner adopted Krista from the Sac County shelter, with GSRSV's assistance, on 7-1-10. Here's what Bob had to say about Krista in December 2011:

"Krista has become a wonderful friend--so gentle and friendly that everyone enjoys her. She is an excellent example of why adopters should consider older dogs."





If you have or plan to adopt a GSD, you NEED to know about "bloat!" Please read the info below.

Gastric dilation/volvulus, more commonly known as "bloat", is an all-too- frequent, fatal event for German Shepherds. Basically, gastric dilation refers to a condition in which the dog's stomach fills up with air due to various circumstances. The dog's abdomen becomes visibly "bloated", and causes great discomfort. If the bloat persists, often what happens next is volvulus--the stomach literally rotates on its intestinal axis, shutting off the blood supply both to and from the stomach. At this stage, the dog usually has only hours to live, and the condition must be treated surgically. The sooner the dog is treated, the better its chance for survival and full recovery. 

Learn how to avoid bloat in your dog, and how to recognize the symptoms. Please click on this link to open a very informative Webpage about bloat. I recommend printing the article and placing it where you can immediately access it if you suspect that your dog is experiencing bloat. Click on this link for a printable MS Word version of the article.


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Questions regarding German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley or this Website should be directed to Brian Foran, 916-655-3125,, or you can write to:

PO Box 652
Pleasant Grove, CA  95668

Thanks to    and 
for listing GSRSV's adoptable (and adopted) dogs on their respective Websites.

Thanks also to (, a superb slideshow development and hosting Website, for hosting GSRSV's adoption picture slideshow free of charge.

This site is hosted by  ( xMatters specializes in "intelligent communications" for businesses, particularly for the IT component of those businesses. Many, many thanks to Troy McAlpin, xMatters' President & CEO  and a former GSRSV adopter, for graciously hosting GSRSV's Website on xMatters' servers since 2001.   

Last modified: Tuesday December 06, 2016